England's eerie experience at the Stadion HNK Rijeka in Croatia maxbet Just under 1700 miles lie between Wembley Stadium and Stadion HNK Rijeka but, after England's goalless Nations League draw in Croatia, the two grounds could not have been further apart, writes Jack Wilkinson. As those fortunate enough to be granted access to the behind-closed-doors game made their way through deserted roads to the stadium, it had the making of a once in a lifetime experience. Gareth Southgate's England, three months on from their heartache in Moscow, had the chance to avenge their World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia - and a very select few would be there to witness it in person.
But what transpired was an eerie evening, an evening bereft of the characteristics that make football the engrossing sport we all love. The streets were empty, the hubbub of excitable fans missing, the scarf-sellers nowhere to be seen. Instead a football match, stripped of it's defining features, laid bare in front of us.
It was clear the atmosphere, maxbet or lack of it, had an impact on proceedings as the two sides who served up a thriller at the Luzhniki Stadium in July took their time to settle to the unfamiliar surroundings. There were 37 minutes on the clock by time Ivan Perisic registered the first effort on target - Kieran Trippier needed just five to ignite the World Cup semi-final.
Despite a heightened security perimeter, a few England supporters, no more than 30, congregated on top of a hill that rose behind one of the stands, although their efforts proved fruitless in the first half, maxbet with action at a premium on the pitch. Try as the travelling contingent may, their attempt at creating an atmosphere proved too big a task, with faint renditions of 'God Save the Queen' drowned out by the audible running commentary from both sets of players, and the assembled media in the stands.